Watercolor painting – Exploring other techniques

Since last post, I have been thinking what to show you for this week. And, I decided to continue on the technique I mentioned last week, using the back of the paintbrush to re-draw (make the remarks) the subject/topic of the painting.

Let’s look at the materials I used:

The paper, be sure that you use a paper that is resistant to scratch, and holds a lot of water without forming buckles, or, bending. For this projects presented in this post, I used the Arches (brand) watercolor paper.
Watercolors. I used the Arteza (brand) watercolors, which comes with a great variety of colors, and the price is very accessible.
Paintbrush. For this type of project, there is no need to find an expensive paintbrush, on the contrary, a cheaper one is better because the back of it will be used to draw (instead of a pencil).
A quick review of the technique:
First, draw your subject/topic as you regularly do; wet the watercolor paper very well (with abundant water), after that, start painting by adding some layers of watercolor’s pigment with the paintbrush, and while the paper is still wet, use the back of the paintbrush to re-draw (make remarks) of your composition.

Painting one: Zapotes (a tropical fruit that looks very similar to melon, but that taste different).
Below is a video clip of the first project in which I am demonstrating the mentioned technique.

Video Clip of Zapotes watercolor on paper

As the video shows, the first step is (while the paper is very wet), the layers of color are added, then, over these layers, the draw is done using the back of the paintbrush. Finish the details with mostly wet, or, dry brushstrokes of colors.

Below a full picture of the completed painting:

Zapotes watercolor on paper 2020

Second Painting: Tomatoes. The video clip below show in a time lapse video how the painting was completed:

Video clip of Tomatoes in blue container

Again, while the paper is very wet – it has to be very wet in order to allow you to draw with the back (stick) of the paintbrush.

And, the picture of the completed painting.

Tomatoes in blue container – watercolor on paper 2020

As you can see it, the technique discussed in this post give you good results. It is very important to have in mind what you are planning to draw, because as you saw it (in the video clips), you start with a drawing of the subject/topic, but then, the layers of colors and the wet paper makes the lines to almost disappear; but that is the purpose of re-drawing the subject/topic, to make remarks, and add another touch to your watercolor paintings. Hope you like it!